World Bank Releases Report on Weather and Climate Services in Europe and Central Asia

Climate Weather Data 6 December 2008: A new report released by the World Bank suggests that forecasting improvements in Europe and Central Asia can play a critical role in improving the economy and mitigating the impacts of disasters in the region. The report “Weather and Climate Services in Europe and Central Asia: A Regional Review” explains why improving weather monitoring systems can help mitigate damaging economic impacts of weather disasters, support increased productivity of agriculture, conserve energy, and promote safe aviation and transport by road and rail.

According to the report, farmers are among those hardest hit by

shortcomings in forecasting services. Stressing the need for capacity

building, Vladimir Tsirkunov, Senior Environmental Engineer for Europe

and Central Asia and the team leader of the study, stressed the

benefits of forecasting extreme weather events. [World Bank Press Release] [The Report]